Quotations of Wisdom

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Edward Tufte

The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing. [Q381]

Aloysius P. Martinich

A philosopher once said, 'Half of good philosophy is good grammar.' [Q2088]

Thomas Jefferson

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. [Q199]

Václav Havel

Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance. [Q1742]

Dennis Prager

Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example? [Q453]

Paul Berg

With time, many of the facts I learned were forgotten but I never lost the excitement of discovery. [Q1882]

Hypatia

In fact men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable. [Q1405]

Hippocrates

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always. [Q1025]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. [Q422]

Margaret Mead

Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation. [Q954]

George Washington Carver

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. [Q317]

Anonymous Professor Stanford University

The only advice I might offer to your design process is to imitate nature: use evolution. By this I mean to design many experiments, test your assumptions and designs with those you are designing for, and iteratively improve your designs based upon what you learn. [Q483]

Isaac Newton

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. [Q369]

Václav Havel

As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it. [Q434]

Jawaharlal Nehru

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance. [Q991]

Margaret Sanger

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. [Q1668]

Tracy Chapman

We are the spirit the collective conscience — From the lyrics of "Heaven's Here on Earth, Album New Beginning" [Q1491]

Thor Heyerdahl

I also believe that when one dies, one may wake up to the reality that proves that time does not exist. [Q1533]

Václav Havel

A year ago, we all were united in the joy over having broken free of totalitarianism. Today we all are made somewhat nervous by the burden of freedom. Our society is still in a state of shock. This shock could have been expected, but none of us expected it to be so profound. The old system collapsed, and a new one so far has not been built. Our social life is marked by a subliminal uncertainty over what kind of system we are going to build, how to build it, and whether we are able to build it at all. [Q1795]

Thomas Jefferson

The less wealthy people,... by the bill for a general education, would be qualified to understand their rights, to maintain them, and to exercise with intelligence their parts in self-government; and all this would be effected without the violation of a single natural right of any one individual citizen. [Q533]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. [Q405]

Master Po

Old Man, how is it that you hear these things? Young Man, how is it that you do not? — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q510]

Pablo Picasso

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. [Q603]

Douglas Rushkoff

Programming is the sweet spot, the high leverage point in a digital society. If we don’t learn to program, we risk being programmed ourselves. [Q1291]

Master Kan

When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave. — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q507]

Bertrand Russell

The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics. [Q214]

Epicurus

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself. [Q800]

Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. [Q1315]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. [Q419]

Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. [Q261]

René Descartes

I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery. [Q1116]

Adlai Stevenson III

Today's politics tends to focus on popularity and the games: who is supporting whom, the polls and the money, personalities over truth, substitutes for Reason. [Q1844]

Blaise Pascal

Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. [Q586]

Donald Norman

I think there is a tendency in science to measure what is measurable and to decide that what you cannot measure must be uninteresting. [Q442]

Epictetus

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. [Q824]

Epictetus

Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. [Q826]

Michel de Montaigne

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. [Q2018]

Dante Alighieri

Worldly fame is but a breath of wind that blows now this way, and now that, and changes name as it changes direction. [Q1517]

John Maynard Keynes

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking. [Q37]

Václav Havel

Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary masterplan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals. [Q1780]

Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. [Q70]

Aristotle

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. [Q838]

Noël Coward

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. [Q2025]

Pythagoras

Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good. [Q923]

Michel de Montaigne

Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head. [Q1172]

Michel de Montaigne

I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself. [Q1170]

Nikola Tesla

The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. [Q1685]

Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. [Q280]

Neil deGrasse Tyson

After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all? [Q231]

Virgil

From my example learn to be just, and not to despise the gods. [Q1578]

Robin Williams

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and yelling, 'You want a piece of me?' [Q1382]

Charles Lindbergh

I believe that for permanent survival, man must balance science with other qualities of life, qualities of body and spirit as well as those of mind - qualities he cannot develop when he lets mechanics and luxury insulate him too greatly from the earth to which he was born. [Q1942]

Václav Havel

Despite all the political misery I am confronted with every day, it still is my profound conviction that the very essence of politics is not dirty; dirt is brought in only by wicked people. I admit that this is an area of human activity where the temptation to advance through unfair actions may be stronger than elsewhere, and which thus makes higher demands on human integrity. But it is not true at all that a politician cannot do without lying or intriguing. That is sheer nonsense, often spread by those who want to discourage people from taking an interest in public affairs. [Q1765]

Nikola Tesla

Our senses enable us to perceive only a minute portion of the outside world. Our hearing extends to a small distance. Our sight is impeded by intervening bodies and shadows. To know each other we must reach beyond the sphere of our sense perceptions. We must transmit our intelligence, travel, transport the materials and transfer the energies necessary for our existence. [Q1683]

Clarence Darrow

To think is to differ. [Q1110]

Andy Kaufman

What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality. [Q233]

Plato

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. [Q885]

Galileo Galilei

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. [Q934]

Aristotle

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. [Q840]

Theophratus

Time is the most valuable possession a man can spend. [Q832]

Woodrow Wilson

There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. [Q750]

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Faith" means not wanting to know what is true. [ [Q1525]

Woodrow Wilson

If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it. [Q746]

Thomas Jefferson

Preach... a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [of monarchial government]. [Q540]

Carl Sagan

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. [Q223]

Plato

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. [Q915]

Dar Williams

And where does magic come from? I think that magic's in the learning. [Q1958]

Plutarch

The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits. [Q787]

Guy Debord

Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs. [Q713]

Abraham Lincoln

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise .. with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. — Presidential Message to Congress Dec 1, 1862 [Q1059]

Plutarch

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education. [Q788]

Clarence Darrow

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business. [Q1108]

Epicurus

If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another. [Q798]

Herbert Simon

One finds limits by pushing them. [Q646]

Milton S Hershey

The value of our good is not measured by what it does, but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned. [Q1392]

Elizabeth Wordsworth

If all good people were clever, and all clever people were good, the world would be nicer than ever, we thought that it possibly could. But somehow, 'tis seldom or never that the two hit off as they should; For the good are so harsh to the clever, the clever so rude to the good. [Q119]

H.G. Wells

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection. [Q461]

James Q Wilson

At root in almost every area of important concern, we are seeking to induce persons to act virtuously, whether as schoolchildren, applicants for public assistance, would-be lawbreakers or voters and public officials [Q1907]

Caine

To fight for yourself is right. To die vainly without hope of winning is the act of stupid men. — Kung Fu Television Series 1972 [Q511]

Buckminster Fuller

I see what has to be done and noone is attending to then I dedicate my self to doing it. As soon as I see someone doing what I'm doing, I walk away from it. All that matter is that it is being attended to. [Q131]

Plato

Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. [Q891]

René Descartes

When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable. [Q1127]

Julius Rosenberg

There had to be a hysteria and a fear sent through America in order to get increased war budgets. [Q1546]

George Orwell

War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength. 1984 [Q1231]

Marshall McLuhan

Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. [Q1471]

Buckminster Fuller

At the present cosmic moment, muscle, cunning, fear, and selfishness are in powerful control of human affairs. We humans are here in Universe to exercise the Universe-functioning mind. Only mind can apprehend, abide by, and be led by truth. If human mind comes into control of human affairs, the first thing it will do is exercise our option to "make it". [Q127]

Elie Wiesel

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. [Q1877]

John Boyd Orr

During the last war when there was a market for everything that could be produced, the production capacity of Canada and the United States, which were outside the battle area, increased one hundred percent. [Q1152]

Napoleon Bonaparte

What is history but a fable agreed upon? [Q93]

Aristotle

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. [Q870]

Thurgood Marshall

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. [Q753]

Marshall McLuhan

The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. [Q1476]

Brian Kernighan

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. [Q1408]

Marshall McLuhan

Today the tyrant rules not by club or fist, but disguised as a market researcher, he shepherds his flocks in the ways of utility and comfort. [Q1485]

Václav Havel

When a man has his heart in the right place and good taste, he can not only do well in politics but is even predetermined for it. If someone is modest and does not yearn for power, he is certainly not ill-equipped to engage in politics; on the contrary, he belongs there. What is needed in politics is not the ability to lie but rather the sensibility to know when, where, how and to whom to say things. [Q1767]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. [Q1078]

Franklin Roosevelt

It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. [Q359]

Clarence Darrow

Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. [Q1106]

George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. [Q699]

René Descartes

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another. [Q1120]

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